Hutch seems to think so. Zarkman and his crew are still wasting oxygen. The jihadis calling themselves Al Qaeda in Iraq are in a world of hurt right now, for sure. There are other jihadis, some loosely affiliated with the al Qaeda franchise and others who have been around longer. Few Americans differentiate between AQII and all the other bad guys, like Iranian special forces, Syrian special forces, former regime elements, Shiite militias, Sunni tribal gunmen and plain old regular mobsters. I want Zarkman’s head. On a pike. In front of the flag pole at MNF-I headquarters.
Anyway, hutch says:
In 2006, bloggers are now an acknowledged player on the media battlefield. These efforts were dismissed by al Qaeda, and as a result, while al Qaeda hit its target, the effect was grossly minimized due to the fact that the “silent majority” now had tools by which they could be heard. The media created a false picture after the 1968 Tet Offensive, but was unable to do the same in Iraq.
I like that. A sergeant from CENTCOM sent me an email the other day wanting me to blog Zarkman’s video. Now to me, that is offical recognition that I, little old me, who just started this blog and barely knows what he is doing, is a player on the media battlefield. The good guys need more players on the media battlefield. And on the media battlefield, you can be old and fat and used up but still useful. If you can write, write. If you can comment, comment. And if all you can do is lurk, lurk on hostile media sites and acquire targets for blog storming. A lot of people can get involved in the Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group, or the Civilian Information Militia, or the Cyber Minutemen, or the 101st Fighting Keyboardists, or whatever we end up calling ourselves. What are you waiting for?